Youth-Serving Organizations

  • Bringing in the Bystander®, developed by Prevention Innovations at University of New Hampshire, is an evidence-based sexual violence prevention program originally designed for college populations, and adapted for developmentally-appropriate use with high school students. The bystander model approaches all students as neither a potential perpetrator nor victim, but instead as people who would want to be a part of the solution. The Blue Bench Prevention Specialists engage students to understand the role that they play in preventing sexual assault by becoming an active bystander. Through this curriculum participants will: (READ MORE)

  • As an approved practitioner of the Empower Youth Program, The Blue Bench is proud to bring this curriculum to metro-Denver area teens. This has included programs at the Gilliam Youth Services Center and the Marvin W. Foote Youth Services Center.

    iEmpathize is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to combating crimes against children with a mission to evoke empathy and empower people to eradicate child exploitation. The Empower Youth Program was first developed in 2011 to address the great need for prevention programming with at-risk youth. Through collaborative efforts with survivors of human trafficking, experts in the field of education and educational psychology, law enforcement, and victim advocacy experts, iEmpathize developed content that addresses issues of child exploitation without sensationalizing the concepts. By inspiring students to develop empathy for those around them, the curriculum distinguishes itself as an exploitation awareness tool as well as a character education program with far-reaching transformative potential for your school, classroom, or youth program. Program features include: (READ MORE)

  • Let's Talk About It is an in-depth, five hour prevention program that is typically presented for an hour a day for five days in a row for middle school aged youth, and can be adapted to fit schedule requirements. This curriculum focuses on healthy relationships, boundaries and skill-building to become an active bystander. Trained facilitators lead participants in discussion and activities designed to make the content relevant to their own lives and empower students to be a part of changing social norms through prosocial bystander behavior. Through this interactive curriculum, students will be able to: (READ MORE)

  • This curriculum is designed to empower participants with knowledge, tools and strategies for talking about sexual assault with young children and intervening when they recognize warning signs. Through a discussion of the dynamics of child sexual abuse, participants will gain knowledge about proactive steps they can take to help keep children safe. This program is customized to meet the needs of each audience. Participants will be able to: (READ MORE)

  • Safety and Empowerment Skills classes are 3-6 hours and offered to female-identified teens and adults 13 years and older. This curriculum offers a safe space for participants to learn and practice verbal and physical assertiveness and self-protection skills. The curriculum is based on a toolbox approach – adding tools to participant skills for dealing with situations ranging from sexual harassment to life-threatening situations. These classes can be held for a private group by request and/or are offered to the community (open classes) throughout the year at varying locations around metro Denver. Through this class, participants will gain: (READ MORE)

  • Many times, learning about the society wide myths and facts surrounding sexual assault can act as a front line and best defense for preventing sexual assault. To help equip adults and students alike, The Blue Bench offers programs that enable them to comfortably and efficiently talk about sexual assault with their family and friends, their neighbors and within their communities. Knowledge is Power: Sexual Assault Awareness includes an introduction to the myths and facts of sexual assault as well as information about what sexual assault is and the services available to assist survivors of an assault. Through this curriculum, students will: (READ MORE)

For Educators/Youth Mentors

If you are an educator, mentor, counselor, etc. looking for more information about your role in prevention and education for your students, The Blue Bench can provide customized information on the following topics:

  • Mandatory Reporting
  • Supporting Survivors and Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault
  • Understanding the Continuum of Sexual Assault: The Role of Community Partners
  • Caring for Yourself while Caring for Others: Understanding and Managing Vicarious Trauma
  • Understanding Sexual Trauma: Assessment and Treatment

  • if you are interested in booking a prevention and education program

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